American Lotus

Largest Flower

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U.S. Postal Commemorative, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

St. Louis, Missouri

Solitary and fragrant, the American lotus flower may reach 10 inches in diameter; its single round leaf can reach more than 2 feet in diameter.  The lotus grows in ponds, lakes, and streams, and was a source of food for American Indians..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Lotus

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Image courtesy of Holly Chorba, GVCC.  Taken August 2, 2013 at Chaumont Pond in the Adirondack Park, New York during a canoe trip with my lady friends. The day was gorgeous, the water cool, but we managed a quick dip during lunch break.